At the Ubuntu login page I have to hit Ctrl+Alt+F1 to be able to login as an user using the command line.
But how do I get to the command line first and then start the Ubuntu desktop from it?
To return to the login screen
Press Ctrl+Alt+F7 to return to the login screen. You can exit your terminal session on tty1 by typing
To skip the login screen completely, boot into the console and then start the GUI, you must modify GRUB:
If you want to load a new desktop from the terminal, type one of this things:
Or just type
Temporary single boot to text mode
Another option to avoid the graphics mode at boot without completely altering your grub configuration is to press 'e' at the grub menu . This will show you the commands that grub will use to boot and allow you to change them for just this one boot. find the line that starts like:
In 14.04 that line will probably end with "quite splash" but it may end with "nomode" Whatever it ends with, change it to "text" to tell Linux that you want to boot in text mode.
Then press F10 to boot with the new temporary settings.
Add text mode menu option to grub
If you wish to add an item in the grub menu you can follow the instructions in